A very special Armistice Centenary remembrance service last Sunday. There was respect for sacrifices made balanced with a re-commitment to the work of reconciliation that Jesus called us to share with Him, following His example of reaching out across barriers of ethnicity, religion, social standing and so on. It included time for reflection, listening to… Continue Reading Time for reflection
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Sunny day at the Meadows Festival, lots of chatting, Robin’s balloon animals and children icing biscuits with the wonderful team from Barclay Viewforth.
Could you help a family on crisis get back on their feet? Find out more by listening to this excellent and moving introduction by Linda Hoskins to the work of Safe Families for Children.
Sam, our Minister, gave us a challenge on Easter Sunday. Each of us took a paper cup with soil and a sunflower seed as a symbol of hope and told us to nurture it. Is your hope growing? Perhaps not as impressively as Connie’s with her careful cultivation – a good position and a few carefully arranged used… Continue Reading Hope springs eternal!
I’ve hardly spent anything on books since discovering a real treasure trove of free Amazon Kindle ebooks by George MacDonald, who has become my favourite author. I’m in good company – he was a major influence on C.S.Lewis of ‘Narnia stories’ fame (another favourite author) as well as Lewis Carroll and others. He was… Continue Reading A Good Read
The Bethany Care Shelter is facing higher than usual demand this year – accommodating up to their capacity of 45 homeless people per night on most nights since starting in October. They need your old blankets and sleeping bags. Cameron Black, Care Shelter Co-ordinator writes: “One result of having such high numbers is that we have… Continue Reading Blankets for Bethany!
Laboratory of love. One of my favourite descriptions of the church, picked up from our previous Minister, Graham Leitch. I was on the receiving end of it in action on Sunday evening. I’d been let loose on the sound desk for the evening service. I’d had quite a few weeks of expert instruction from Moray… Continue Reading Laboratory of Love
Laura Goswami writes: Taste, Barclay Viewforth’s missional community for students, is currently going through a period of change. We had a swap-over of leadership back in September and we’re trying to find how best to work out the up-in-out cycle of missional communities as students. We haven’t quite got this sorted yet but what we’re… Continue Reading Taste Update
It’s Tuesday, the phone rings, a familiar voice, welcome relief from the pesky automated sales calls, “How about coming along to the Tree House Cafe tomorrow tea time for a get-together with the Tollcross shopkeepers?” “O.K. Elaine” I say, once I realise I’ve no good reason not to and in fact should have volunteered, considering… Continue Reading Journey out of the comfort zone
‘Have you forgotten yet?’ asks Siegfried Sassoon in a poem read by the Cubs and Scouts of 100th Pentland. Their short sketch within our morning service on Remembrance Sunday (10th November) helped us to remember those who gave their lives in wartime, on the home front as well as in the trenches and battlefields. Listen… Continue Reading Remember